Rookie Card Year: 2004
Investment Rating: 7.5
Ben Roethlisberger has seen his share of ups and downs. "Big Ben" was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004. After assuming the starting role in game three of his rookie season, he led the Steelers all the way to the AFC Championship game. Ben Roethlisberger rookie card collectors have chased him ever since.
Despite his success with the Steelers, including two Super Bowl titles, off-field issues added drama to the team chemistry and Roethlisberger's career. A motorcycle accident in 2006 almost took his life. In 2009 and 2010, allegations of sexual assault were levied against the star quarterback. Although he was never even formally charged, let alone convicted, Roethlisberger was suspended by the league for the first six games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. In spite of these negatives, Ben Roethlisberger rookie card collectors have remained loyal based on his winning ways and gritty play.
Ben Roethlisberger has nearly 50 rookie cards that will appeal to all budgets.
Top Ben Roethlisberger Rookie Cards
The 2004 SP Authentic Ben Roethlisberger card features an on-card autograph and jersey piece. One thing that immediately becomes clear is that Roethlisberger has a very sloppy signature. Regardless, this is one of the top rookie cards for collectors.
Bowman Chrome has a distinct design and finish. The Ben Roethlisberger card features an on-card autograph and low print run of just 199 copies. Although it does not have a jersey piece, the timeless design ensures that the card will remain a collector favorite.
Despite the relatively high print run (it's not numbered, but confirmed as 541) and sticker autograph, Playoff Contenders has long been a top option for rookie collectors. The 2004 Contenders Ben Roethlisberger card continues to be one of the most heavily purchased.
Complete Ben Roethlisberger Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Ben Roethlisberger Rookie Cards Checklist
- 2004 Bazooka #210
- 2004 Bowman #114
- 2004 Score #381
- 2004 Topps #311
- 2004 Topps Draft Picks and Prospects #165
- 2004 Topps Pristine #51
- 2004 Topps Total #375
- 2004 UD Diamond All-Star #93
- 2004 UD Diamond Pro Sigs #93
- 2004 Upper Deck #204
- 2004 Upper Deck Legends #119
Mid-Range Ben Roethlisberger Rookie Cards Checklist
- 2004 Absolute Memorabilia #227 Jersey #/750
- 2004 Donruss Classics #227 #/500
- 2004 Donruss Elite #105 #/500
- 2004 Flair #64 #/799
- 2004 Fleer Genuine #82 #/500
- 2004 Fleer Inscribed #82 #/750
- 2004 Fleer Platinum #137 #/299
- 2004 Fleer Showcase #113 #/599
- 2004 Fleer Sweet Sigs #87 #/999
- 2004 Fleer Tradition #333
- 2004 Greats of the Game #73 #/999
- 2004 Leaf Certified Materials #227 Jersey #/1250
- 2004 Leaf Rookies and Stars #277 Jersey #/750
- 2004 Playoff Hogg Heaven #174 #/750
- 2004 Playoff Honors #227 jersey #/750
- 2004 Playoff Prestige #159
- 2004 Reflections #191 #/450
- 2004 SP Game Used #171 #/425
- 2004 Topps Chrome #166
- 2004 Ultra # 213 #/500
- 2004 Upper Deck Foundations #259 Jersey #/499
Premium Ben Roethlisberger Rookie Cards Checklist
- 2004 Bowman Chrome #111 Autograph #/199
- 2004 Bowman's Best #130 Autograph #/199
- 2004 E-X #46 Autographed Jersey #/100
- 2004 Finest #108 Autograph #/399
- 2004 Fleer Authentix #134 Autograph #/250 with Bill Cowher
- 2004 Hot Prospects #86 Autographed Jersey #/150
- 2004 Leaf Limited #227 Autographed Jersey #/150
- 2004 Playoff Contenders #106 Autograph (PR=541)
- 2004 Playoff Prime Signatures #134 Autograph #/99
- 2004 SkyBox LE #71 #/99
- 2004 SP Authentic #213 Autographed Jersey #/299
- 2004 SPx #220 Autographed Jersey #/375
- 2004 Sweet Spot #287 Autograph #/199
- 2004 Topps Signature #93 Autograph #/299
- 2004 Ultimate Collection #127 Autograph #/150
- 2004 Upper Deck Finite HG #269 #/99
Ben Roethlisberger Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Ben Roethlisberger autograph looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Panini Authentic, Tristar and Mounted Memories.
Cut Signature Exemplar
Ben Roethlisberger Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ben Roethlisberger signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- Overall, Roethlisberger possesses a very abbreviated signature with very few legible or even presenting letters
- The letter "B" is very distinguishable
- A horizontal line at a 45-degree angle suffice for the letters "en"
- The letter "R" is pronounced and the pen lifts before going on to the remaining part of the signature
- A combination of the letters "t-i-g" are present with the "t" crossed at the top, or near the top,of the letter
- The cross of the letter "t" also caps off the loop of the letter "g"
- A "dot" above this letter combination indicates a letter "i"
- The inscription of "#7" (his jersey number) is almost always present
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